Friday, May 30, 2014

Knight Hoodie {Giveaways}

Do you have a dark knight? Or a dreamy white knight? Or maybe just a darn cute playful knight?

Here's your chance to get him (or her) dressed up in their fav play outfit that can last ALL DAY! And tomorrow and the next day. That is if they don't eat. Let's face it. Kids are messy. That top is only going to last one day, two at the most before it is smeared with breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Fortunately, we do have that modern convenience of washing machines and dryers (unless like us, you don't have a dryer).

I'm holding a little COMPETITION over on my Facebook page - if we can get just 100 likes on the knight post pinned to the to of the page, I will make one hoodie to give away to one lucky kid. If you want your lucky kid to win, you also need to leave a comment (you can even just say Hi!) on the pinned knight post.

And to top it off, the wonderful Elisa at Charming Doodle who owns the pattern is also giving ONE PATTERN AWAY! Ain't that charming!

Enter the comp so let your kid be the envy of every other kid around!

The fine print - Hoodie can be made in a size 2-10 only in winner's choice of colour.
Regular postage within Australia is included. (Overseas postage to an overseas winner will incur a $15AUD charge). 
Competition will close at 12pm Tuesday 4th June, IF 100 likes are reached.
To enter competiton, you must leave a COMMENT on the post on the The Toffee Tree's facebook page
Winner will be chosen by random generator, first to be drawn will win the hoodie, second name to be drawn will win the pattern. Should the winner not want the pattern (or hoodie), I will continue to draw randomly.
Winner must claim prize (make contact with The Toffee Tree) within 48 hours of competition ending. 
Judges decision is final.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Hero Vest {Pattern Review}

Nothing like a little bit of last minute pre-Easter camping trip sewing. Times by three. Improve time efficiency right! That's what I like to tell myself anyway. I've had this pattern for the Hero Vest for some time (actually, I WON it during the Make it Perfect Show your stuff competition last year) and while I've thought about making one for one of the boys, I probably couldn't decide which one to make it for. So, I never made one.

Back to Easter (I know I know, it was like two months ago, but I'm not entirely hot on my productivity at the moment). A few days before we went away for Easter (and while I really should have been doing other things) I decided I'd make the kids one each. So we took a trip to good old Spotlight for polar fleece, which I have a preference for not using (polyester-polar fleece that is. I love Spotlight), but I wasn't going to find any cotton fleece so "you get what you got" close by.

The Hero Vest is a unisex zip up vest pattern. And the vest really is a hero because it's got a hood (also know by 2 year olds as a 'foody', rhymes with hoody). And a zip. Winner!  Fortunately, I'm not afraid of zips. They really are pretty easy to sew in. And I even managed to line up the matching fabrics either side of the zip on ALL THREE VESTS! Go me!!

The only thing I couldn't quite get right was the amount of overlap on the pattern so that the zip didn't chew up too much of the pattern. I did think about this when I cut the fabric, but at that stage wasn't sure how the zip was going to be sewn in. I think I was thinking it would be a bit more invisible. Dont know why I thought that, but clearly it isn't an invisible zip. So the butterflies on the front on Possom Blossom's vest were chopped in half. Still they did line up perfectly at least. What I really should have done was make the centre next to the butterflies, not down the middle of them. That awesome buttefly fabric by the way was from Kelani Fabric.

Of course, I couldn't stop at the vests alone. I made them each a matching fabric basket for the Egg Hunt on Easter morning. They loved the vests more than the baskets. Though if I really have to admit it, they loved the chocolate eggs most.

Hero Vest Pattern by Make it Perfect
Echino Insect Black by Estuko Furuya
Studio M for Moda, Mixed Bag, Which Way Chill
Tamara Kate for Michael Miller, Les Monsieurs Taupe Scribble Cars
Coordinated polar fleece from Spotlight
Open ended jacket zippers
Hilco ringo ribbing from Crafty Mamas Fabrics
Plain red ribbing from KnitWit

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Swoon Betty Bowler Bag {Pattern Review}

Hey! How are you?! Nice to see you back here... or is it me who's been away!?!  I haven't been completely lazy. My machine (the sewing one) was off for a service. Easter got thrown in there for good measure, plus a little Esperance farm holiday too. (Pics of that another time.) I have got something to show (share) for my efforts. 

What I do REALLY want to share is this bag. I was pretty darn impressed with myself. Hopefully, you will be too!

One look at this bag pattern and knew who I was making one for!

...Elizabeth... my bag-loving sister-in-law!

Do you do a Christmas gift draw in your family?- buy for just one person (works well when there are 16 adults and 8 kids to buy for on just one side).  I drew my sister in law, Elizabeth. She's a bag and shoe kinda-girl. Usual story, I just didn't get my butt into gear until recently to make one for her. Still, I figured I had enough time to make it by her birthday. I almost did. I was a week late. Is that excusable? Really, I should have known better than to expect Spotlight to carry 'hardware' for bag making.

Lucky we have Google, which took me to [insert big happy smiles here] a small local business, Sew Creative Supplies, who retail online and had just what I needed, plus the bonus of even being close by! Win win. (These lovely ladies will also be at the upcoming Craft and Quilt Fair in Perth starting May 21st).

Check out the little silver rectangle bag handle loops. Don'cha just think they finish it off perfectly!

Back to the bag. It really was pretty easy to sew up. A couple of hours for cutting fabric (honestly this is the hardest part), interfacing and ironing it together, then another three or so for sewing it together. I didn't keep track of time exactly, but I didn't have any "moments" (like wanting to throw the towel in) like I did with the Weekender Bag which I made last year. A few less layers perhaps, but still a generously sized bag with plenty of sturdiness and structure.

A neat little zipper pocket on the front. A couple of pockets inside.

All-in-all, a great pattern. Go get one for yourself here. Or buy the bag already made here (OK, they only ship to the US, so if you want one you could talk to me really nicely).  

[As always, all opinions expressed here are my own. I even bought the pattern myself because I thought it looked like a winner].

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